Evolution of the Cancer Registrar in the Era of Informatics
Merriman KW, Broome RG, De Las Pozas G, Landvogt LD, Qi Y, and Keating J. Evolution of the Cancer Registrar in the Era of Informatics. JCO Clin Cancer Inform 2021; 5:272-278.
JCO Clin Cancer Inform
The cancer registrar reports accurate, complete, and timely abstracted cancer data to various healthcare agencies. The data are used for understanding the incidence of cancer, evaluating the effectiveness of public health efforts in the prevention of new cases and improving patient care outcomes and survival. There are increasing demands placed on registrars for additional data points with real-time submission to reporting agencies. To that end, registrars are increasing the use of informatics to meet the demand. The purpose of this article is the role of the registrar in the collection and reporting of critical cancer data and how registrars are currently using informatics to enhance their work. This article describes how informatics can be leveraged in the future and how registrars play a vital role in meeting the increasing demands placed on them to provide timely, meaningful, and accurate data for the cancer community.